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Both states have a large number of people with smart mouths, a patriotic attitude, and a certain fondness for a particular turn of phrase…

Yep, that’s The one and only genuine original Show Me Progress McSame bumper sticker.

And in Anchorage, Alaska, our good friend Mudflats reports on two very interesting rallies held on the same day.

The first was with and for Sarah Palin (r):

Infiltrating the Palin Rally in Anchorage.

…I walked in to the large “Eklutna Room” where the rally was to be held. More TV cameras than I have ever seen in my life were set up on risers all around the room. The room itself, when filled to capacity, holds 5000 people. I tried to eyeball it, and I’d guess there were 1000 or so there. Everyone was pushed into the center of the room where the podium was set up….

Go. Read the whole thing. The photos are priceless.

Do people in Anchorage, Alaska read Show Me Progress? Heh.:

Photo by Mudflats

The second rally was not “for” Sarah Palin (r):

‘Alaska Women Reject Palin’ Rally is HUGE!

…It’s a good thing I wasn’t tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody’s trunk.  When I got there, about 20 minutes early, the line of sign wavers stretched the full length of the library grounds, along the edge of the road, 6 or 7 people deep!  I could hardly find a place to park.  I nabbed one of the last spots in the library lot, and as I got out of the car and started walking, people seemed to join in from every direction, carrying signs.

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage.  The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators).  This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state.  I was absolutely stunned.  The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by.  And even those that didn’t honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute.  This just doesn’t happen here…

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Go. Read the whole thing. The photos are amazing.

I’m proud of those good folks in Anchorage Alaska. This native-born Alaskan isn’t voting for McCain/Palin, either.